Hungary has no seashores, but even though Hungarians are keen boatmen. So why not combining a ship excursion with sightseeing, or explore Lake Balaton on water? Hungary also has some beautiful old ships, so we can enjoy historic elegance while traveling on vessels. Here we have a selection of ideas for all those who love this kind of vehicle!
Ship sightseeing in Budapest: Danube river cruises
Enjoy Budapest from a special panorama: Danube River, or Duna in Hungarian, divides the city into two, the once independent cities, Buda and Pest. Explore spectacular views of Gellért Hill, Parliament building, Margaret Island, Buda Castle and Matthias Church, and also the sights of beautiful buildings of the Danube banks! We can even choose nostalgia cruises or dinner cruises. Read more on the homepage of MAHART Passnave. Ship cruises are also available by other companies like Legenda Kft.
Photo © MAHART Passnave
Romantic Danube River Cruise Budapest
One-day trips around Budapest
There are many lovely small towns near Budapest. Szentendre, the town of painters, Esztergom with the Basilica, Visegrád with the castle and lovely baroque town of Vác are all worth a one-day visit. If you wish to enjoy a pleasant journey, during which you can explore beautiful landscape along the Danube, take vessels from Budapest to reach these towns. There are two lines, Budapest-Szentendre and Budapest-Esztergom lines to choose from. More info here.
Photo © MAHART Passnave
170th season was just opened recently at the biggest lake of Central Europe, Lake Balaton! Siófok catamaran can transport 500 person at the same time. The refurbished ship (new interieurs designed by architects) is the first total barrier-free ship of Balaton.
125 years old Kelén ship, photo © Balaton Shipping Co.
Fast boats on Lake Balaton, photo © Balaton Shipping Co.
125 years old Helka and Kelén are two lovely ships and are also operated by Balaton Shippping Co. (Balatoni Hajózási Zrt.). The vehicles were refurbished and historic interieurs renovated, thus we can enjoy an elegant 19th-century ambience. Thematic ship cruises are offered by the company, e.g. a 1 hour cruise combined with wine tasting. Party ships also cruise the lake, offering a throroughly unique experience.
Besides these specialities we can choose from the many options from the regular ship lines connecting cities around the Balaton to the cruise ships offered by Balaton Shipping Co. and other companies. Find more info here.
Lake Tisza in Northern Hungary is also a popular destination for all those who wish to enjoy sweet water lakes. There are many companies offering cruise ships and water taxis. Find more info here.and here at Lake Tisza Ecocentre's homepage.
Cover photo © Balaton Shipping Co.